Registration for the CYM Meeting has been extended until Monday, September 21. Find all information, including the registration link and payment information, below. In addition, we are happy to introduce our guest presenters and facilitator for the CYM Meeting! Please find their biographies below.
Dr. Ansel Augustine is the Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is the former Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Previously he served as the Associate Director/Coordinator of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the CYO Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office. He is also on the Faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Ansel has served on the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). He began his career in ministry over 20 years ago when he became the youth minister at his home parish of St. Peter Claver in the Treme area of New Orleans, which he helped to rebuild following hurricane Katrina. He has presented workshops and keynotes around the country and has written various pieces related to ministry. Ansel has worked in prison ministry for over 25 years in various capacities. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Peter Claver, and the Wild Tchoupitoulas (Black Masking) Mardi Gras Indians.
Danielle M. Brown is the Associate Director of the ad hoc Committee Against Racism at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In her role there, amongst many other duties, she speaks to dioceses, apostolates, and pastoral associations on various topics related to the Committee’s work and its relationship to evangelization. Born and raised in the Archdiocese of Detroit, she is a lawyer licensed in the State of Michigan and a former Michigan Supreme Court appointed Commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. Before coming to the USCCB in May 2018, she served on several boards, commissions, and ministries. She founded one of the first I.D.916 chapters, a young adult discipleship model now simply known as I.D., created by Ann Arbor based Renewal Ministries. She was a diocesan delegate to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Convocation of Catholic Leaders and the National Black Catholic Congress in 2017. Prior to joining the conference, Brown was a three-time governor appointed appellate administrative law judge in unemployment and workers compensation for the State of Michigan. Before those terms of service, she was an administrative law judge and an assistant deputy legal counsel to the Governor of the State of Michigan.
Darius A. Villalobos serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). He previously served in the Archdiocese of Chicago in a variety of ministry roles, including youth ministry, young adult ministry, evangelization, and catechesis. He currently serves on the National Advisory Team for Young Adult Ministry of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of DePaul University where he received his bachelor’s degree in English and Catholic Studies. Darius is a student and Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministry program. He has served as a parish RCIA director, liturgical music minister, retreat director, catechist, and youth minister. He lives in Chicago with his wife.
Dear Confreres, Collaborators, and Salesian Youth Ministers,
The annual Meeting of Coordinators of Youth Ministry will take place digitally via Zoom from Monday, October 26, 2020 through Wednesday October 28, 2020. Please plan to be in these meetings from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM EST for all three days. As always, these three days of CYM meetings will include some retreat time, professional development/in-service, time for discernment, discussion and planning, and time to grow as Salesian Family. Be assured that the schedule has been designed to provide sufficient breaks and interactive moments to help alleviate the now all-too-familiar “Zoom Fatigue.”
Coordinators of Youth Ministry in our SDB parishes, youth centers, and schools are already accustomed to attending these important and required annual formation events. In consultation with your directors, pastors, and principals, please consider inviting other members of your local Youth Ministry Team to join you in attending these virtual meetings. For those youth ministers that come from groups that are not officially administered by the Salesians, yet practice the Salesian charism, please know that you are most certainly welcome to join us!
In response to the current reality, the theme for this year's CYM Meetings will be the issue of understanding and responding to racism in light of the Gospel. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will be working with NFCYM (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) recognized diversity coordinators and a visioning committee from our own Province to assist us in creating moments of formation, listening, and dialogue for those in attendance.
Registration and Payment
Registration is now open! Click here to register. Please complete the online registration by Monday, September 21st. Please remit payment either by mail or electronically no later than Monday, September 28th. Once we receive your online registration, we will send you a confirmation email.
Important: In order to complete your registration, every participant must email [email protected] your Consent and Release form located on the registration form.
Because outside presenters have been invited to assist, the total cost is:
$150 USD per person when ONE member registers from a local work
$100 USD per person when TWO or more members register from the same local work.
Please pay in US dollars with the payment link below or make checks payable to Salesian Youth Ministry, and mail to Ms. Amy Marinaro at Salesian Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry 148 E Main Street New Rochelle, NY 10802. If you would like to pay electronically, please click here. (Please note that electronic payments have a slightly higher cost due to Square fees for use and for international payments.) All payments must be received by Monday, September 28th.
If you have any other questions, you can reach me directly via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (914) 636-4225, ext. 613. I look forward to our time together.
In Don Bosco,
Rev. Abraham Feliciano, SDB
Province Delegate for Youth Ministry